What to watch this weekend: Stream 'Sense8,' 'Bojack Horseman' and more holiday specials
It's finally the weekend we've been naughty and nice all year for. Whether you're house-hopping and filling the car with gifts, cooking a feast fit for a king or guarding the Christmas tree from the pesky cat, there's something to stream for everyone in the family.
Bojack Horseman Christmas Special, Netflix: Don't expect tinsel and tidings of joy from everyone's favorite alcoholic, washed-up horseman. His opening rant literally goes, "Christmas episodes are always stupid."
A Very Murray Christmas, Netflix: Who knew all of these famous actors were also decent singers? Miley Cyrus serenades a winter wonderland while George Clooney is a bit creepy behind those Christmas trees.
A Merry Friggin' Christmas, Amazon: This holiday satire about a man finally coming to terms with his estranged father will have you ugly crying over one of the last roles of the late Robin Williams.
The Muppet Christmas Carol, HBO: We have plenty of adaptations of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, but only one has Kermit, Miss Piggy and the rest of the Muppet gang.
Doctor Who Christmas Specials, BBC America: Spend Christmas watching the Doctors fight cybermen, rescue a runaway bride, travel to Christmases past and escape demented snowmen.
Black Mirror White Christmas, Netflix: This one's a doozy of an episode for Christmas, but so worth it. It starts in a snowy wilderness outpost on Christmas Day and ends with a man losing his mind after being literally "blocked" by everyone in the world.
A Garfield Christmas, Hulu: Jon dresses as an elf to feed lasagna to the hefty feline. Garfield gets grumpy on the trip to Christmas dinner, but ends up bonding with Grandma.
Yes, Virginia, Hulu: An animated short telling the true story of a little girl writing a letter to the New York Sun asking if Santa Claus was real. The newspaper famously replied in an editorial saying, "Yes, Virginia. There is a Santa Claus."
It's Christmastime Again Charlie Brown, Amazon: Charlie Brown tries to sell wreaths door-to-door, but has little success. Lucy tries to help by getting Snoopy to pose with the wreaths on his nose.
The Office Christmas episodes, Netflix: There are seven Christmas-themed episodes of The Office, which gives you plenty of Santa Michael, Secret Santa Andy and Dwight staging a snowball fight in the office.
Lost, Season 4 episode 5, Netflix: Did you know Lost had a Christmas episode? Well, "The Constant" is EXACTLY Christmas-y, but it will leave you teary after Desmond finally makes contact with Penny on Christmas Eve, saving him from his time travel woes.
Watch this weekend
Sense8 Christmas Special, Netflix: Though really the first episode of the second season, which premieres May 5, the Sense8 holiday special sees the Sensates - telepathically connected people - navigating their new experiences with each other.
How Murray Saved Christmas, 8:30 p.m., NBC: A cranky deli owner has to fill the role of Santa Claus, but ends up doing a weirdly wonderful job.
A Home for the Holidays, 8 p.m., CBS: Miranda Lambert, Alessia Cara and Rachel Platten perform during the annual event to raise awareness about adoption and foster care.
SpongeBob SquarePants Christmas Special, 8 p.m., Nickelodeon: Patchy the Pirate tells the story of Bikini Bottom's first Christmas celebration. Of course, Squidward nearly dampens the holiday spirit.
Love Actually, 7 p.m., E!: A romantic Christmas comedy chronicling the affairs of several couples during the holidays in London.
It's a Wonderful Life, 8 p.m., NBC: Frank Capra's classic about a man who learns what life would be like if he were never born. A mistaken case of bank fraud tests his will to live until an angel shows him how much his presence means to others.
A Christmas Story, 8 p.m., TBS: Get the Christmas Story marathon started early tonight. The hilarious story of a young boy who desperately wants a BB gun for Christmas while dealing with taunting bullies and a Christmas dinner disaster.
Too Cute!, 8 p.m., Animal Planet: Kittens playfully climb Christmas trees, puppies dash through the snow and baby goats in ugly sweaters prance around. Better than a yule log.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, 9:45 p.m., Freeform: You're sure to have the hap-hap-happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap danced with Danny f*****g Kaye.
Call the Midwife Christmas Special, 7:30 p.m., PBS: The family of the Nonnatus House travels to South Africa to help with an understaffed and underfunded hospital.
Beauty and the Beast, 8 p.m., ABC: Bookworm Belle falls for a prince who's been transformed into a beast thanks to a curse.
The Lego Movie, 9 p.m., TNT: An unexceptional Lego figure accidental goes on a legendary adventure and joins a league of superheroes to defeat a tyrant.
Tanked Christmas Special, 8 p.m., Animal Planet: The crew creates a snow globe aquarium for the annual WinterFest in Henderson, Nev.
Doctor Who Christmas Special, 9 p.m., BBC America: "The Return of Doctor Mysterio" sees New York attacked by a deadly threat and the Doctor teaming up with a journalist to save the city.
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